Over 18 Years of Experience in Maternal and Infant Health
Faith Groesbeck (she/her/hers) lives in downtown Muskegon. When she isn’t working with expectant families, she manages an historic apartment building and hostel, Temple House. She is a single parent of two children. Her son, a young adult, was born in a New York City hospital with the help of midwives. He recently joined the United States Navy. Her daughter, an animated preschooler, was born at home. She also helped raise two step-children who are now grown and living on the East Coast. The family has one pet, a rescued bunny named Oliver. Faith’s hobbies include writing and performing folk songs, making buttons and collage art, winter sports, volunteering and permaculture gardening. If you can’t find her at home or a meeting, she’s probably outside, covered in dirt or hanging from a ladder, covered in paint!
My first experiences in providing labor support were to complete the requirement of my childbirth education certification program over 15 years ago. I completed my bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Queens College, City University of New York in 1999. I completed DONA birth and postpartum doula trainings in 2013. I received certification as a cooperative childbirth educator through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York in 2014. I became a certified birth doula through Birth Arts International in 2016. I was trained and volunteered as a breastfeeding peer advocate for the WIC program and worked for seven years as a public health educator at Public Health – Muskegon County, specializing in infant mortality reduction. I am currently studying at the University of Michigan – Flint, to obtain a masters in public health. I draw on this experience and training to provide emotional support, physical comfort, advocacy, information and holistic care to prenatal, laboring and postpartum individuals, their partners and families. I am comfortable in supporting both normal and complicated pregnancies and births. My practice is welcoming and inclusive, providing nonjudgmental care to families with diverse histories, circumstances and lifestyles.
Becoming a doula was a calling and is an extension of my role as a member of my community. My clients are my neighbors and friends. Despite my experience, I uphold my clients as the real experts in their children’s health, even before they are born. As such, I am a fierce supporter of parent choice in all things. My clients count on me to give honest, well-informed advice, then stand behind them whatever they choose. While I love the magic of birth and babies, my favorite part of my job is being surrounded by an expanding tribe of people I respect and admire as their children grow.